Leading Schmidt IndyCar team figure Phillips moves to Rahal

Former Schmidt Peterson Motorsports general manager Piers Phillips has joined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing as president to oversee its involvement in IndyCar, IMSA and the new Jaguar i-Pace eTrophy Series.

Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan’s team currently fields two Honda-powered cars in the IndyCar Series, two works BMW M8s in the GT Le Mans category of IMSA SportsCar Championship, and two electric Jaguars in the inaugural season of the one-make Formula E support series.

“Mike, Dave and I are pleased that Piers is joining the team as its first ever president,” said three-time CART Indycar champion Rahal.

“His past successes speak volumes of his ability in all facets of racing and I look forward to working closely with Piers to take the team to the next level.”

Prior to joining SPM, Phillips was technical director at Strakka Racing and Level 5 Motorsports.

“I was incredibly honoured to be approached by Bobby about this opportunity given his experience, success and stature,” said Phillips.

“From the moment I sat down with him to discuss this role, I just fell in love with his passion, drive, and enthusiasm to continue the already impressive accomplishments that RLL has achieved as well as his desire to take the team even further in the future.

“I also spent some time with Mike Lanigan in Chicago and was equally impressed with his attitude and approach.

“To be involved at this level with not only the IndyCar programme, but also the sportscar programme and eTrophy was a very easy decision for me and one that I know I will thoroughly enjoy.”

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